Population of Barbados 2017

Population

Current population of Barbados is 292,336 people (July 2017 est.).

Nationality

noun: Barbadian(s) or Bajan (colloquial)
adjective: Barbadian or Bajan (colloquial)

Ethnic Groups

black 92.4%, white 2.7%, mixed 3.1%, East Indian 1.3%, other 0.2%, unspecified 0.2% (2010 est.)

Languages

English (official), Bajan (English-based creole language, widely spoken in informal settings)

Religions

Protestant 66.4% (includes Anglican 23.9%, other Pentecostal 19.5%, Adventist 5.9%, Methodist 4.2%, Wesleyan 3.4%, Nazarene 3.2%, Church of God 2.4%, Baptist 1.8%,Moravian 1.2%, other Protestant 0.9%), Roman Catholic 3.8%, other Christian 5.4% (includes Jehovah’s Witness 2.0%, other 3.4%), Rastafarian 1%, other 1.5%, none 20.6%, unspecified 1.2% (2010 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 years: 17.97% (male 26,256/female 26,266)
15-24 years: 12.74% (male 18,504/female 18,732)
25-54 years: 44.06% (male 64,198/female 64,594)
55-64 years: 13.43% (male 18,497/female 20,770)
65 years and over: 11.81% (male 13,927/female 20,592) (2017 est.)

Dependency Ratios

total dependency ratio: 50.4
youth dependency ratio: 29.1
elderly dependency ratio: 21.3
potential support ratio: 4.7 (2015 est.)

Median Age

total: 38.3 years
male: 37.2 years
female: 39.4 years (2016 est.)

Population Growth Rate

0.3% (2017 est.)

Birth Rate

11.7 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Death Rate

8.6 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Net Migration Rate

-0.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)

Population Distribution

most densely populated country in the eastern Caribbean; approximately one-third live in urban areas

Urbanization

urban population: 31.4% of total population (2017)
rate of urbanization: 0.4% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major Urban Areas – Population:

BRIDGETOWN (capital) 90,000 (2014)

Sex Ratio

at birth: 1.01 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 0.88 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.66 male(s)/female
total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2016 est.)

Maternal Mortality Rate

27 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)

Infant Mortality Rate

total: 10.5 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 11.6 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 9.4 deaths/1,000 live births (2016 est.)

Life Expectancy at Birth

total population: 75.3 years
male: 73 years
female: 77.7 years (2016 est.)

Total Fertility Rate

1.68 children born/woman (2017 est.)

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate

59.2% (2012)

Health Expenditures

7.5% of GDP (2014)

Hospital Bed Density

6.2 beds/1,000 population (2012)

Drinking Water Source

improved:
urban: 99.7% of population
rural: 99.7% of population
total: 99.7% of population

unimproved
urban: 0.3% of population
rural: 0.3% of population
total: 0.3% of population (2015 est.)

Sanitation Facility Access

improved:
urban: 96.2% of population
rural: 96.2% of population
total: 96.2% of population

unimproved
urban: 3.8% of population
rural: 3.8% of population
total: 3.8% of population (2015 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Adult Prevalence Rate

1.3% (2016 est.)

HIV/AIDS – People Living with HIV/AIDS

2,600 (2016 est.)

HIV/AIDS – Deaths

<100 (2016 est.)

Major Infectious Disease

note: active local transmission of Zika virus by Aedes species mosquitoes has been identified in this country (as of August 2016); it poses an important risk (a large number of cases possible) among US citizens if bitten by an infective mosquito; other less common ways to get Zika are through sex, via blood transfusion, or during pregnancy, in which the pregnant woman passes Zika virus to her fetus (2016)

Obesity – Adult Prevalence Rate

33.2% (2014)

Children Under the Age of 5 Years Underweight

3.5% (2012)

Education Expenditures

6.7% of GDP (2014)

School Life Expectancy (Primary to Tertiary Education)

total: 15 years
male: 14 years
female: 17 years (2011)

Unemployment, Youth Ages 15-24

total: 32.4%
male: 31.8%
female: 33.3% (2015 est.)